Not as grand as many of the colleges in Oxford Blackfriars Priory is a community of more than twenty Dominican friars living a common life of prayer, study, and preaching in the centre of Oxford. They are members of the Order of Preachers with a history stretching back nearly 800 years. The friars are known as 'Dominicans' after their founder, St Dominic. In the Middle Ages were known as 'Black Friars' after their black cappa or cloak which they wear over their white habits.Close-up of the statue of 'Our Lady above the entrance' . S'funny that I always thought the 'Our Lady' statues had much more religious connotation in the names such as Our Lady of the Devine Spirit, something like that, Our Lady over the door seem so – well so not the 'Mother of the Son of God', but what do I know, me a fully paid up card carrying heathen!
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Linacre College stands at the end of South Parks Road as the first, or is it the last building on St Cross Road as you travel along from Parks Road. A ‘red brick’ (modern) college. Such colleges were often maligned by the intelligencia of the University of Oxford.
This portal is very much in a ‘ministry’ style. It reminds me of Station headquarters often seen on military bases.
This college is good at big words.
"Linacre is a graduate College of the University of Oxford - wholly interdisciplinary and international in its student body, academically rigorous and environmentally aware in its ethos, and a genuine community of intellectual and social equals. . . . . . ", Paul Slack, Principle.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
This door, to the right of the main portico, while allowing entrance to the building is merely for those that stay only short periods, minutes in fact. Tradesmen's entrance.
Monday, 21 December 2009
The forward facade of Rhodes House, complete with diners. These eight columns support the the top structure which which seemingly only supports the flag pole. What you can’t see here is the dome behind the balustrade.
Above the door this superb carving.This is the back gate to Rhodes House. There is a virtual tour to see the whole of the grounds here